Game rangers kill three poachers in Save Valley gun fight: police – Zimbabwe News Now
One of the rangers fired a warning shot in the air, calling on the three to surrender but Mukombi “started randomly firing live ammunition using a 303 rifle prompting the reaction team to fire live rounds at the deceased persons who were all shot and subsequently died,” the police memo says.
Detectives from Chiredzi Police Station attended the scene. On examining Mukombi’s body, they found – inside a satchel – a Zimbabwean passport, soya chunks, an axe, loaf of bread, instant porridge and clothes. He also had a brown wallet containing a South African driver’s licence, a South African firearm licence, a South African private security company identity card, an Economic Freedom Fighters political party membership card and diazepam tablets.
Malilangwe, which means “Call of the Leopard”, is a 100,000 acre private reserve looking after Africa’s big five – leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo. On its website, the Malilangwe Trust boasts of a “motivated and highly disciplined ranger force” which has kept poaching at a minimum.